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Robert Woolsey, KCAW - Sitka

Robert Woolsey is a reporter at KCAW in Sitka.

Mitch McGraw’s 31-foot Almar sustained an estimated $30,000 damage in the crash, according to state Troopers. Photo by Don Kluting, SMR.

Two Sitka Hunters Injured As Boat Strikes Cliff

Two Sitka hunters sustained serious injuries Tuesday evening, after their boat struck a cliff in Kakul Narrows, about 25 miles north of town. Both men have been hospitalized, one in Seattle.

December 19, 2013
Photo by Robert Woolsey, KCAW - Sitka.

AK: Banding Birds

Alaska has its share of big science projects, to be sure. But to get results, science doesn’t always have to be huge.
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November 29, 2013

Sitka Urges Governor To Accept Obama’s Medicaid Plan

Several organizations around the state have recently asked Governor Parnell to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, including the Anchorage NAACP, the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce and the Alaska Chamber.

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November 13, 2013

Sitka Fish Processor Recalls Two Years’ Worth Of Product

A Sitka seafood processor has recalled two-year’s worth of product, after a state inspection revealed that monitoring equipment had failed.

October 7, 2013

SAFV Tackles Domestic Violence Crisis With Community Training

The domestic violence shelter in Sitka is stepping up its community training program following the release of new survey data last year. SAFV, or Sitkans Against Family Violence, has routinely offered volunteer advocate training, but now the organization is hoping to involve more of the community in how to recognize – and address – Sitka’s incredibly high rate of intimate partner violence.

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September 6, 2013
As Stream Levels Drop, Salmon Die Before Spawning

As Stream Levels Drop, Salmon Die Before Spawning

Some rainfall over the weekend may have eased a looming crisis for pink salmon stocks in Southeast Alaska. The summer’s fine weather and record salmon runs have both made headlines – but they’re a recipe for trouble without enough water in rivers and streams for fish to spawn.

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September 4, 2013
Greens Creek Mine Looks For More Space

Greens Creek Mine Looks For More Space

The Greens Creek mine on Admiralty Island might have to shut down in 2016, unless it can find more room to dispose of its spent ore.

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September 3, 2013
Tenakee School students head out in the field with Forest Service biologists in 2011. The school’s closure in 2013 means the loss of six jobs, including hot lunch cooks, maintenance, custodial, and two teacher’s aides. (SCS photo/Scott Harris)

Tenakee Residents Search For Way To Reopen School

The Tenakee School has been closed for this year, but residents of the Chichagof Island community hope to turn things around for the next.

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August 14, 2013

AK: Doves

One of the most rapid and successful invasions of a continent did not happen in any war. It’s happening now – maybe right outside your window. The Eurasian collared dove first came to North America in Florida in 1982, and was seen in Alaska as early as 2009. Experts say the dove represents no threat to the environment or native species. But it is changing how Alaska sounds.

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August 9, 2013
‘Little’ Redoubt Lake A Boon To Sockeye?

‘Little’ Redoubt Lake A Boon To Sockeye?

The U.S. Forest Service believes fish populations in Redoubt Lake near Sitka survived last month’s devastating landslide unharmed.

June 7, 2013
Couple Escapes As Landslide Destroys Cabin

Couple Escapes As Landslide Destroys Cabin

Two people are safe after a massive landslide destroyed the cabin they were camping in Sunday morning near Sitka. An air taxi pilot rescued the pair from a debris field estimated to be 20 feet deep. All their belongings were buried in the slide. Their dog remains missing.

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May 13, 2013
Sitka school board president Lon Garrison (r) congratulates student representative Jesseca Bartelds on her year of service on the board. The two agreed in principle — if not in practice — that absenteeism due to travel was a problem. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)

How Much School Can A Student Miss?

The high cost of travel for extracurricular activities in Sitka’s schools has been an ongoing debate for years. Now, the school board is going to take a hard look at whether travel costs students and parents more than just money.

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May 8, 2013
The Nation: Kreiss-Tomkins a ‘Lesson For the Left’

The Nation: Kreiss-Tomkins a ‘Lesson For the Left’

A local legislative race in Alaska has caught the attention of national media, and is being held up as model for political change elsewhere in the country.

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May 7, 2013

Students ‘Resilient’ In The Fight Against Meth

Students at Sitka’s alternative high school have decided to confront the methamphetamine problem head on, and they’re encouraging the rest of the community to join them at an event in early May.

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April 24, 2013

Audio Postcard: Ninja Captures Mooing Rhinos

Alexis Will, a graduate student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, calls herself a “Ninja of the Night,” but it has nothing to do with martial arts.

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April 24, 2013

Eco Marketing Campaign Backs Young Growth Timber

One of Southeast’s most prominent environmental organizations has started a marketing campaign – for timber. The Sitka Conservation Society recently printed a glossy brochure selling the virtues of second-growth Tongass timber for projects from furniture to housing. The only problem is: There’s no way – yet – to economically harvest and process second growth.

January 31, 2013

Public, Scientists Disagree On Cruise Ship Wastewater

A bill that would relax the wastewater standards placed on cruise ships by Alaska voters is on the fast track in the Senate.

January 29, 2013

NOAA Says ‘No Way’ To Electronic Monitoring For Two Years

After refusing to implement an electronic monitoring program developed by fishermen, NOAA Fisheries is moving forward with a plan of its own to test cameras on boats this spring. But a top official who met with Sitka fishermen last week said too many questions remain about the system, and there’s no way a functional electronic monitoring program could be ready in the next two years.

January 21, 2013
Journalist Delivers Town’s Support To Wounded Soldier

Journalist Delivers Town’s Support To Wounded Soldier

Recently in Sitka, residents were invited to visit the library and sign a card of support for Joe Mille, a 2009 graduate of Sitka High, who lost his right leg in combat in Afghanistan, and who is now in a rehabilitation unit at Walter Reed Hospital in Maryland. The individual organizing the effort, however, is not in Mille’s family, or a member of his church. He’s the photojournalist who broke the story.

January 10, 2013
Kreiss-Tomkins: Using Connections Instead Of Clout

Kreiss-Tomkins: Using Connections Instead Of Clout

Redistricting has cost Southeast one legislator this session, and voters in District 34 have made things even more interesting by sending a freshman to the House. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins will be 23-years old when he’s sworn in next Tuesday. Here’s a session preview from the state’s youngest legislator.

January 9, 2013